MacBook A1181...good deal?

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  1. davistld01 macrumors 6502a

    davistld01

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    First, let me say that I am a 56-year old non-techie guy. I've had every iPhone and at present do all I really need to do (web surfing, email, some videos, reading, etc.) with an iPhone 6 & iPad Mini retina.

    I've wanted to try my hand at a "real" Mac, but I don't want to...and don't especially see a need to spend the bucks for a new MBP until I learn the Mac OS and how to work it. I've messed with several MBP's at Best Buy and am generally confused by their total opposite from the PC's I use at work and am somewhat capable on.

    Here's my question: I have an opportunity to buy a like-new Apple MacBook A1181 from a local Craigslist seller. It's the white plastic model, but is perfect & is said to run that way...for $220. Is that a fair deal? Will it enable me to "get my feet wet" in the way Mac OS works reliably? Is it a good machine to start with?

    I appreciate your help, and advise! :)
     
  2. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Personally I don't purchase MacBooks older that the white 2010 A1342 models. I put 8GB of memory in them and replace the HHD with a 500GB SSD. The machines run Mavericks and Yosemite just fine. I have done 4 of them for family and friends. I get the machines on eBay for $300-375.
     
  3. Altemose macrumors G3

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    A1181 is a wide range of models ranging from the original MacBook in 2006 to the mid 2009 MacBook. Depending on the year, it can be a great machine but I would negotiate the price a little bit. The early 2009 and mid 2009 were the only non-unibody MacBooks to run the latest version of OS X. If it is one of those I would say go for it. The older ones with at least a Core 2 Duo max out at Lion.
     
  4. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Every OS release has a page on the minimum requirements. I would not get something that will not run Mavericks.


    OS X Mavericks: System Requirements
    Learn about the system requirements for OS X Mavericks.

    To install Mavericks, you need one of these Macs:

    iMac (Mid-2007 or later)
    MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)
    MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later),
    MacBook Pro (15-inch or 17-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later)
    MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
    Mac mini (Early 2009 or later)
    Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
    Xserve (Early 2009)
    Your Mac also needs:

    OS X Mountain Lion, Lion, or Snow Leopard v10.6.8 already installed
    2 GB or more of memory
    8 GB or more of available space
     
  5. davistld01 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The guy is selling it for a friend on consignment. He's not sure what year model it is, but it's running Snow Leopard and is in perfect shape. Would that give you a clue (the OS) as to what year model it might be? If not, how can I tell when I'm looking at it?

    I'm going to try & buy it for $175-200.
     
  6. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Snow Leopard would even run on an original Core Duo MacBook so that doesn't say much. When you are looking at it, go to :apple: --> About This Mac --> More Info and find the model identifier. It is normally something like "MacBook 5,2". You can then look at the information on MacTracker or Google.
     
  7. MarvinHC macrumors 6502a

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    Ask him for the serialnumber, than you can look up the detailed specs instead of guessing.
     
  8. davistld01 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    2007. Decided to pass on this particular machine. I think I'll ante up a bit and try to find a clean 2009-2010 MBP.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  9. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Let us know where the road takes you with this...
     
  10. MacInTO macrumors 65816

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    That was a wise decision. You should be able to get a 2009 white Macbook for about $200. If you pop a cheap SSD into it, it will run well.

    Good luck!
     

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